SMOTA Funfair | 30 July 2017
Theme: Come, Taste And See the Goodness of God.
Coupons are sold at $10 and various souvenirs are available for sale at the FunFair booth at the Piazza. Cash donations and in-kind sponsorship are needed to cover various expenses for the FunFair. Donations of home-cooked food, drinks and desserts are also welcomed.
Mass For The Sick And Anointing
29 July 2017, 6:15pm
Monday Night Formation
Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John
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Musings: Friar Clifford Augustine, OFM
More Than Just A Run
They are motley, merry and yes… male – they’re SMOTA’s Men. Yes, there is such a Ministry. They made their presence felt as they organised the Father’s Day run last week for the first time, as a newly formed group. There’s more to them than meets the eye -- besides organising spiritual and prayer moments for men here at SMOTA, the group enthusiastically accepted the invitation to organise this event.
The men’s lack of experience in organising the run for the parish did not deter them. They faced challenges with regards to logistics, but never once did the spirit to serve the parish flag…..that is a desire that will not easily be doused.
Serving the parish is the primary task of any group/ministry. I suppose the question that needs to be asked then is “Who/What is the parish?” Do ministries exist to only serve the parishioners who come to Sunday Mass?
Canon Law describes a parish as a ‘certain community of Christians faithful stably constituted in a particular church (Canon 515). So then, if we speak of serving the parish, we must speak of serving the community of Christians that belong to SMOTA.
This community of believers, is of course, made up of different people from different backgrounds carrying different stories within each. For a parish as large as SMOTA, it is a challenge sometimes to keep the community spirit bright and burning.
Often groups that exist in the parish have particular needs of their own. Take the SMOTA Men for instance. They were formed to provide mutual spiritual support. What started out as a social gathering has now become a movement that celebrates the vocation of the Christian man. And that vocation includes a reaching out to serve.
There has been some confusion in the past of what does it mean to serve? Are groups in SMOTA meant to be ‘work horses’, doing the work required by the parish priest or the parish? Some groups have shared with me that they find joy in meeting and sharing the Gospel and they would like to continue doing just that.
While I will not object to any group sharing the Gospel and in fact it is highly encouraged that this is done, I do believe that all groups must have a service dimension. Groups cannot exist for their own benefit. These groups, or ‘small Christian communities’, must constantly re-invent themselves for the benefit of the parish. Otherwise, we risk becoming just a group of people whose primary purpose is to serve ourselves. And that is hardly following the Gospel.
Last week’s run was more than a social event. It was all about building bridges. It was all about believing in families. And the SMOTA Men’s group did just that.
There is obviously not just one way of serving the Christian community stably constituted in SMOTA. But always must be about the Gospel of Jesus who came to serve and not to be served.
|Saints Peter And Paul, Apostles||29 June, Thursday|
Youth Sports Day | 25 June, 3pm – 6pm
The Portiuncula ministry invites all youths between 15 to 25 years old to join us in a day of fun and games, at St Anthony’s Primary School.
Mass With Youths | 26 June
This is specially for SMOTA youths who are returning to school for the new academic cycle, there will be a Mass with Youths at the end of the June break. Mass is followed by fellowship.
26 June, Monday (Hari Raya Public Holiday)
The amalgamation of the Parish’s young adult groups has given rise to the new Portiuncula Ministry!
Portiuncula is calling out all youths aged between 18 to 35 to join its big family. Interested individuals may direct your enquires to email@example.com
In conjunction with our Parish feast day, there will be annointing for those with chronic or life-threatening illnesses For annointing or if you wish to offer to drive, please leave your details either at the Piazza after any of the Sunday Masses or at the Parish Office during the week. The deadline is 9 July 2017.
Theme: Come, Taste And See the Goodness of God
Coupons & Souvenirs
Coupons at $10 each and various souvenirs are available for sale at the Funfair Booth at the Piazza. This year, our Parish exhorts her family to examine its lives and re-commit to reaching out and spreading the Good News by bringing people to the faith. So hurry! Buy tickets for yourself and your friends.
Donations & Sponsors
Cash donation and in-kind sponsorship are also needed to cover various expenses for the FunFair. We are also accepting donations of home-cooked dishes, desserts and drinks. Please contact the FunFair Committee at 9028 0744. All proceeds of the FunFair go to SMOTA’s Church Maintenance Fund.
Saturdays @ 5pm / Sunday @ 6.45pm / Weekdays @ 7.45pm
Kindly call the Host family if you are joining them for Prayers. God bless!
24 Jun – 30 Jun
|Dominic & Corrina, Blk 93 Cashew Rd, Cashew Heights Condo||Call: 9115 6691|
Note: Call : 9699 3134 Coordinator for more details.
First collection taken at all masses of the weekend of 24-25 June 2017 will go towards Peter’s Pence.
SMOTA Caregivers Meeting is on 27 June, the last Tuesday of June, 7:30pm to 9:30pm, Rooms 3 and 4.
Parish of St Mary Of The Angels will resume Monday Night Form with a biweekly initiative. The evening will feature prayer, praise, and input by one of the parish friars. Individuals interested in providing administrative and hospitality support for this programme, may contact Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Date:||10 July, Monday|
|Time:||8pm - 9:30pm|
LRBM @ SMOTA will begin, over 8-sessions, “Follow Me: Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John”, a video program by Dr. Edward Sri to answer the call to deeper friendship with Christ.
Time & Dates:
|Wednesday evening,||7:45pm - 10:00pm,||from 12 Jul to 13 Sep 2017|
|Thursday morning,||9:45am - 12:00 noon,||from 13 Jul to 14 Sep 2017|
|Saturday evening,||7:30pm - 9:30pm,||from 15 Jul to 16 Sep 2017|
Venue: Church of St Mary of the Angels
Course Fee: $28 inclusive of course material
Registration: Registration is now open and available via LRBM’s website (http://www.stmary-lrbm.org.sg/Register.aspx).
Please register early to avoid disappointment.
If you have further questions or need assistance, please contact the following:
|Stanley Guan (Wednesday Evening Coordinator);||email: email@example.com|
|Evelyn Ling (Thursday Morning Coordinator);||email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Roscoe Alviso (Saturday Evening Coordinator);||email: email@example.com|
|Dominic Yap (LRBM Coordinator);||email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
CMJ Ministry invites married couples to be mentors to younger couples, by journeying with them and sharing your own joys and challenges of living the Church’s teaching on marriage. There is an information session for interested couples, with details as follows:
|Date:||22 July, Saturday|
|Time:||9:30am - 11am|
As part of nurturing a spirit of communion and community here at SMOTA, the parish features the intentions of our brothers and sisters. We may pray for, and with them each week.
Prayers are offered:
Here are some thankgiving letters received by St Clare’s Ministry. We celebrate as one body of Christ when a member of our family rejoices each time a prayer is answered. Let us never lose sight of those who are not able to rejoice, remembering that Christ loves us all and hears all our prayers.
Brother Francis Programme resumes in July, in San Damiano Spirituality Centre. You will gain insights into St Francis’ life and is targeted at young adult participants (aged 23-25). A total of 10 episodes of audio theatre will be aired over 5 weeks, with discussions and prayers following each session. Register at http://sandamiano.sg/web/index.php/contact-us/event-registration/view/form
The list of official SMOTA parish groups and the contacts of their leaders can be found on the parish notice boards.
“Education in the faith by the parents should begin in the child’s earliest years. This already happens when family members help one another to grow in faith by the witness of a Christian life in keeping with the Gospel. Family catechesis precedes, accompanies, and enriches other forms of instruction in the faith. Parents have the mission of teaching their children to pray and to discover their vocation as children of God. The parish is the Eucharistic community and the heart of the liturgical life of Christian families; it is a privileged place for the catechesis of children and parents.” - CCC 2226
The parish team reminds all parents that we are here to help and support you in the beautiful task of forming your children in the faith. The spiritual life and development of your children rests on your daily Christian witness and will go a long way in helping your child engage with the world and progress in his/her faith in the future.
In the midst of school commitments, extra-curricular activities and familial obligation, a young person should grow to focus on God. How else will he or she truly believe in a God who always focuses His love on him or her?
Make Catechesis a priority!
The parish leadership team is currently looking for medical and security professionals to join Parish Emergency Response teams beginning in January 2017.
The following ministries are looking for members who wish to serve God’s people during the weekend. If you have the time and have been moved to consider helping the parish, please feel free to contact our friendly ministry leaders!
We need someone who is proficient with Microsoft Access to create a database program for Pastoral Work. Please send your contact to Fr Justin (email@example.com).
Volunteer Van Drivers Needed For Church Van
We invite drivers who have experience driving vans to drive our church van for Ministry of Consolation (MOC) wake prayers as well as pastoral visits.
Please register at the Parish Office.
The parish is facing a severe shortage of catechists to meet the growing number of children coming to us for formation. In our efforts to assist and support parents in raising their children in the faith, the parish is appealing for lay men and women to consider sharing the faith with our young. Parents, especially, are encouraged to consider if they have the time. If you are qualified to raise a child in faith, you are probably qualified to pass on the faith to others. Trainings and formation are provided by the parish to assist you.
Some facts about our parish situation:
|Total Children Enrolled||1,227|
|Total Catechists Needed||130|
|Total Catechists Currently||81|
In the near future, the Archdiocese will mandate that every group must have two adults, above 21years present in the room. This has raised our catechists need to 130 for the children aged 7-15yrs old. As you can see, we are short of about 50 Catechists!
Those interested to support our parents in the formation of their children, please contact our Catechetical Coordinator, Agatha at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 11am Choir
The Sunday 11am choir is looking for pianists and other vocalists who are willing to share the blessing of their voices and skills with others. We invite you to consider joining the Choir and serve through music each week. Those interested can approach Ethan (or any choir member) after the Sunday 11am Mass.
|Ministry||Help Needed||Contact Person and Details|
Agatha Cheong (email@example.com)
Rose Noronha (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sun 11am Choir
Canticle Books and Gifts
Anna Murphy (email@example.com)
Manning the frontdesk
Have you downloaded our SMOTA app? Check it out on Google App Store for Android and on Apple App Store for iOS.
The Catholic Foundation has launched the Giving in Faith and Thankfulness (GIFT) campaign to encourage and empower regular individual giving to the archdiocese. Resources are needed to fund the many organisations in the archdiocese involved in families, youths, evangelisation; several building projects; and other initiatives. Currently, there is a projected shortfall of $238m for the next 7 years. Every Catholic in Singapore is called to pledge a regular monthly contribution to the archdiocese today, so that the Church may continue growing for generations to come.
Appeal booklets, flyers and envelopes are available in the parish to make your pledge. Alternatively, visit gift.catholicfoundation.sg to donate online or find out more.
With the help of volunteers and benefactors, the Archdiocese has successfully developed a mobile app named "CatholicSG App".
In line with the pastoral plan of the Archdiocese and for New Evangelisation, the mobile app is designed to help Catholics in Singapore with Formation and Information.
It is the all-in-one mobile app that hopes to Inspire, Inform, and Remind the laity to live their Catholic faith more actively.
Everyone is encouraged to install this free app on their mobile devices to access:
For more details and to install the app, please visit http://app.catholic.sg